first person


Definition of first person

1a : a set of linguistic forms (such as verb forms, pronouns, and inflectional affixes) referring to the speaker or writer of the utterance in which they occur
b : a linguistic form belonging to such a set
c : reference of a linguistic form to the speaker or writer of the utterance in which it occurs
2 : a style of discourse marked by general use of verbs and pronouns of the first person

Examples of first person in a Sentence

She always wrote in the first person. The sentence “I was born in Maine” is written in the first person.

First Known Use of first person

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of first person was in the 15th century

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“First person.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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first person


English Language Learners Definition of first person

: a set of words or word forms (such as pronouns or verb forms) that refer to the person who is speaking or writing
: a writing style that uses first person pronouns and verbs

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Kids Definition of first person

: a set of words or forms (as pronouns or verb forms) referring to the person speaking or writing them


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